In 1979, two wells supplying the drinking water for the small New England town of East Worburn, in Massachusetts, were found to be dumping industrial solvents. At this same time in Massachusetts, there were other investigations of industrial dumping. The residents of Worburn had long been concerned about their foul-tasting drinking water and the unexplained high incidence of leukemia deaths of the young children in their community.
Anne Anderson, a mother whose son Jimmy
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an unsatisfied feeling because it seems that both the case as a whole and Schlictmann were "defeated by reality." This is a sad result and truth that no one can change or necessarily prevent, making the story all the more frustrating. Until the legal system changes, and lawyers put aside their desires for personal gain in order to pursue justice for their clients, the end result of A Civil Action will continue to plague us.